Your guide to the most frequented shopping districts in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Find great gift ideas or a fresh new look for your home, sweetheart or self in and around DC. No matter where you are in the city, you’ve got options. Indie storefronts populate some of the hot places to see and be seen, like 14th Street. Live out a Georgetown fantasy and browse its one-of-a-kind boutiques and design stores. Sift through the racks of some of the globe’s most highly regarded brands at CityCenterDC and Tysons Corner Center. And if you’re looking for a trusty national retailer, you’ll find those sprinkled about, too! For the complete breakdown of DC's shopping districts, check out these areas.
Serious shoppers are all-too familiar with this established shopping hub, which features a little bit of everything, from indie specialty shops, home design and high-end boutiques to national and international retail.
Scout out new accessories from Kendra Scott and Little Words Project, or splurge on a bona fide new look from fashionista-approved brands like Everlane, rag & bone and Reformation.
For more casual shopping, consider Ella Rue for consignment scores, plus a stable of national retailers like J. Crew, Urban Outfitters and T.J. Maxx. Stay up-to-date on the trends at Abercrombie & Fitch, Aritzia and Madewell, or browse athleisure at lululemon and Outdoor Voices.
Discoveries abound in the area known as Book Hill, located along Wisconsin Avenue at P Street headed north; here, find antique shops, funky boutiques and specialty stores, and a large concentration of art galleries.
Cady’s Alley serves as the city’s unofficial home design shopping capital, with more than 20 boutiques. And the area's dining outposts should not be missed.
Head to the heart of Downtown for its shopping sensation, CityCenterDC, bustling with 10-acres of shops, cafes, restaurants and public space. Satisfy designer tastes at Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Christian Louboutin. Specialty stores include Jo Malone for high-end fragrances, Tumi and Longchamp for quality tote bags, Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman for fine jewelry and Arc'teryx for outdoor gear. After a day spent shopping, retire to one of the nearby dining outposts, such as Centrolina or Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse.
The rest of the downtown area has also welcomed a wave of development in recent years, including the arrival of new shopping destinations. On and around F Street, stop by Macy’s department store (where international shoppers can show their passports for an extra 10% off), and then check out noted retailers like Ann Taylor, H&M, Zara and Nordstrom Rack.
European and American handmade jewelry is on full display at Mia Gemma; otherwise, snag hard-to-find threads at nearby Peruvian Connection, which includes alpaca and pima cotton.
U Street/14th Street
Spruce up your space after a trip along U Street and 14th Street. Discover home goods from local fave Salt & Sundry (also at Union Market), funky furniture at GoodWood and plants galore at Rewild. You can peruse antique houseware at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot, which offers a hodgepodge of creative accoutrements to style any abode or apartment, and scout out modern home design at Room & Board.
Break from shopping madness with a hometown half-smoke from Ben's Chili Bowl and then continue to shop on at Lou Lou, a regional chain of boutiques founded in Middleburg, Va. that specializes in unique, affordable accessories (think: jewelry, clutches and sunglasses).
A variety of shops complement the Connecticut Avenue strip. Women can shop consignment steals at Secondi. South of the Circle, men can hone their look with classic fashions from Brooks Brothers and pick out the perfect pair of Oxfords to complement that new look by stopping by Allen Edmonds, just a block away. For accessories, Tiny Jewel Box is your Dupont go-to for vintage jewelry.
Bookworms can browse Kramers, while comic fans should stop by Fantom Comics.
The District's revitalized waterfront neighborhood is a bursting hub for nightlife, dining and retail. There you'll find local favorites Politics & Prose, an independent bookstore, and Shop Made in DC, which features wearables, wares and more from DC's community of creators. Diament is a jewelry and gift shop chock-full of quirky and trendy selections. Discover upscale home goods, luxury linens and unique furniture at Patrick's Fine Linens and Home Decor.
Chevy Chase & Friendship Heights
Feast on high-end designer fashions in this quaint neighborhood straddling the line between Upper Northwest and Maryland. The shopping area here straddles the border between DC and Maryland’s Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase neighborhoods. As far as shopping destinations go, this area is reputable for its high-end malls connected by an underground walkway to the Friendship Heights Metro station.
Upscale department store Bloomingdale’s takes up residence inside The Shops at Wisconsin Place. The mall’s other highlights include Sephora, Talbots and Eileen Fisher.
Extending one block long, The Collection at Chevy Chase features Tiffany and Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue. Dotting Wisconsin Avenue between the malls you’ll find Gap and Marshalls, plus a Whole Foods for when you get hungry.
A favorite for the international shopping set, who are known to pack extra suitcases to load up, Tysons includes not one, but two retail campuses specializing in high-end brands in Northern Virginia.
Take Metro’s Silver Line to the retail mecca located in McLean, Va., and browse through goods from more than 300 shops at Tysons Corner Center, including brands like Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Express, Pottery Barn and Uniqlo. Cross the eight-lane street and you’ll find the luxury store-filled Tysons Galleria, which boasts notables like Prada, Chanel, Coach, Neiman Marcus, and Yves St Laurent.
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